THE NETHERLANDS – Tomorrow the EBU will finalise its decisions through the REFERENCE GROUP about which scenario will apply for Eurovision 2021.
In 2021 the Eurovision Song Contest will take place no matter what. Behind the scenes, the team is working on 4 scenarios.
Scenario A is a Contest like we are used to. Tens of thousands of visitors from the Netherlands and abroad travel to a sold-out Ahoy and a bustling Rotterdam.
Scenario B is a ‘socially-distanced’ Song Contest. This scenario is based on the current guidelines set up by the Dutch government. This means there will be fewer audience members in the arena and adapted activities in the host city.
In Scenario C travel restrictions apply for some, most or all participants. The artists who can’t come to Rotterdam will perform in their own country. The shows come together in Rotterdam. Most side activities are replaced with virtual alternatives.
Scenario D is a Contest in lockdown circumstances. No delegations in Rotterdam, all participants perform from their own country and no audience in the venue. All side activities are replaced with virtual alternatives.
The announcement seems to have been guided by the following ideas:
- All participants will attend the Rotterdam venue and for that reason, they will be under quarantine a week before departure.
- There will be hotel isolation in places where other hotel clients will not be allowed
- There will be no international audience but only selected local audience under testing and quarantine measures.
- Artists who will get sick before the live shows will be replaced by their recorded performance.
- There will be no press centre, no EUROCLUB, no EUROVILLAGE and no activities besides targetted TV interview and official live streaming sessions.